Going back-to-school is a very exciting and challenging time for kids and parents alike. The parents have to get everyone back on the school schedule program. Regardless of the grade, this is an exciting time for kids and parents as new challenges are met. One way to stay engaged is to ask questions about each day. Instead the basic, “How was school?” consider asking your kids variations on these questions:
What did you learn today that was surprising or exciting?
Were you confused by anything during a class? Did you ask for help?
Is there something you learned today that you’d like to find out more about?
Did you feel disrespected by anyone today?
What happened that made you proud of yourself?
What was the most challenging part of today?
What did you learn about overcoming that challenge?
Is there something you’re worried about?
What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
These are the kinds of questions that can spark some very good conversations between you kids. You might find that one variation of these questions is all you need to ask on any given day for the talks to flow. If you can engage your kids with these conversations early on, then hopefully they’ll continue talking all through their school years.
It also helps to provide them with a positive living environment that is free of clutter. That might seem like a huge obstacle when it comes to cleaning a kid’s room. The approach to take is to find out what is needed, what is broken and what will never be used again. This is the approach to take for every item in the closet, dresser and on the shelves. Some things might get boxed up as keepsakes. There’s nothing wrong with that. As for the rest of the stuff, it can all be handed over to Junk King Atlanta. These are the junk hauling pros who can be a big help when it comes to decluttering a kid’s room and the entire house. Things will go a lot smoother every morning when there isn’t a struggle to find something to wear in the closet. Let a decluttering session with Junk King Atlanta be part of your back-to-school plans.
Nothing is more exciting and anxiety inducing than buying your first home. Home ownership is one of those things that every single person dreams of. And those dream homes can take many forms from a rural location to a condo in the city. If this is your first time buying a home, then you’ll want to put these tips into action:
Set a Budget and Stick To It
There are plenty of online real estate sites that can help you with your home shopping. Before you dive in, you need to be realistic about your price range and this can only happen if you set a budget and stick with it. The obvious goal would be to find a loan that would have you paying equal to what you’re paying to rent right now. But you also have to factor in costs for homeowner’s insurance and property taxes. That is just what you’ll be spending on a regular basis. There are also all kinds of deposits and closing costs that need to be factored into this budget as well. Once you’ve locked down the numbers, then you can know what kind of home you can afford.
Make a “Must Have” List
Will there be compromises when buying a home? Of course but there are also some features that shouldn’t be up for negotiation. Those can include the number of bathrooms, bedrooms and yard space. Remember, anything cosmetic can be fixed but you don’t want to move into a home and continue sharing a bathroom if that is on your “must have” list.
That list should also include the location. Do you want to be closer to work or to schools?
Use an Experienced Realtor
As mentioned, there are plenty of listing sites online that can help with your search but those sites probably don’t have as much updated information as an experienced realtor would have. It is crucial that you work with a realtor who knows the territory. They’ll know what homes are coming onto the market before anyone else. They’ll also know about realistic pricing. Most importantly, they’ll be in the best position to negotiate a favorable deal.
Once you’ve locked down your home and are waiting for closing to wrap up, you’ll want to start to get ready for the big move and that should begin with a session with Junk King Atlanta. You’ve probably accumulated a lot of unwanted junk over the years and none of that should be dragged to your new home. Instead, turn it all over to Junk King. One junk removal session with Junk King Atlanta will help make sure you’re not bring old junk to a new home.